James Lowes leaves Leeds

Leeds have released assistant coach James Lowes with immediate effect to allow him to take up a job outside of rugby league.

Lowes returned to the Rhinos in 2018 to become first-team coach alongside director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield.

The 49-year-old’s role at Leeds will now be filled by Richard Agar, who will combine the interim coaching role with his position of head of player and coach development.

Sinfield commented: “On behalf of everyone at the Rhinos, I would like to thank Jimmy for his efforts at the club.

“I know he is excited about the new challenge ahead of him and he leaves with our best wishes.

“In the interim, Richard Agar will join the first-team coaching staff combined with his role as head of player and coach development. Richard is a vastly experienced coach and will be a great addition to the coaching staff.”

Lowes said: “I have had some great times with the Leeds club both playing and coaching with Brian McDermott through to working with Kevin at the end of last season.

“Having notified Kevin of my decision before last week’s game at Hull KR, the club have decided to move forward immediately and I am now on gardening leave before I start my new role.

“I would like to thank all the staff for the support they have given me. I would like to wish the lads well for the rest of the year and I am sure they will get it right.”